Solo Connection Wednesday, January 1
A new UU group is forming to provide support and resource information for folks in the congregation who are living on their own. Our first event will be a potluck brunch on New Year’s Day at noon in Parish Hall. Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. Reply on Realm or contact Rachel Aarons or Keith Strohmaier directly to sign up.
Meditation Group Returns Wednesday, January 8
Please join us for the Wednesday sitting meditation at 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the USSB Sanctuary. No experience required. Take a breath, get centered and feel grounded mid-week. RSVP for childcare! Kids are welcome to play with supervision in Starr-King while their grown-ups meditate. Email email@example.com.
Solidarity and Compassion Wednesday, January 8
From 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. Our theme will be “Grieving into New Life.” Remembering the Montecito Debris Flow tragedy, we will come together to respect our grief and find ways to go forward into a meaningful future. Alexis Slutzky, Michael Kearney, and Radhule Weininger will host this evening with meditation, music, and processing together. Please join us! We offer a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. Hear members of the leading faith traditions, thinkers, musicians, visionaries, and activists share how their individual traditions and practices help us during this challenging time in our country and our world. Join us every second Wednesday of the month. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.
Alliance Meets Friday, January 10
Steve Ortiz, President and CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County, and Melinda Cabrera, Director of Strategic Partnerships, will summarize the United Way programs for the USSB Alliance on January 10, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Steve Ortiz is a dedicated 14-year executive of United Way. Melinda Cabrera has been overseeing United Way’s community impact programs for six years. Join in and bring a treat for the tea. All are welcome.
New Member Orientation Sunday, January 12
This monthly class is the first in the New Member Journey, a series of classes designed to help prepare people to become members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. We will chat, discuss our background and learn a little about USSB community and life. Meets from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Classroom A.
Vegan Potluck Sunday, January 12
Join us at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge! Our USSB vegan potlucks are a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
USSB Drumming Corps Meets Thursday, January 16
The USSB drumming group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We’ll work with professional percussionists to learn drumming that will prepare us to work with the choirs during worship services. Bring your own drum if you have one, or you can use one of ours. Bring the family and drum up some real family fun! Please contact Ken Ryals with any questions, email@example.com; (805) 965-4583 x226.
Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group Meets Monday, January 20
Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of the month and gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting promptly at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics imply we are all one. Videos will focus on Chopra’s “The Universe is a Construct,” Richard Feynman: Diagrams and Optical Illusions, Is Consciousness God, and Quantum Immortality–are we immortal?
Taizé: A Service of Song and Silence, Tuesday, January 21
From 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. For anyone who needs a break, a breath, a chance to go deep into the quiet within: give yourself the gift of a Taizé-style service. This is a candle-lit evening of meditative singing, a few reflective words, and deep, nourishing silence. The songs are easy for everyone to learn and no singing talent is needed, and the Sanctuary is transformed with a warm and welcoming glow as the darkness settles around us and peace settles within us. All are welcome.
“Equal Means Equal” Film Showing Sunday, January 26
Save the Date: The Women’s Empowerment Project will be showing our next film, Equal Means Equal, the definitive documentary film on the status of women in America. It is an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today and a compelling case for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
When: Sunday, January 26 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.
Where: Jefferson Hall
Following the film there will be a discussion of issues presented in the film. Everyone’s input is welcome! Donations appreciated at the door for refreshments and event costs. Bring your friends!
USSB Board of Trustees Meets Tuesday, January 28
All USSB members are invited to attend our monthly Board of Trustees meeting. It begins at 6:00 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. To view a draft agenda for the meeting, click here. For more information visit our Board of Trustees page.
Yoga with Monica
Meets Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Open to all! This yoga is a gentle, restorative, healing experience. Focus is on holding poses, core movement, and breathing meditation, with care to protect the low back and neck. Drop in and give it a try! Cost is $13.00 a session.
Weekly Meditation Group: every wednesday
Please join us for the Wednesday sitting meditation at 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the USSB Sanctuary. No experience required. Take a breath, get centered and feel grounded mid-week. Kids are welcome to play with supervision while their grown-ups meditate. Email if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a basic calendar of each month’s events at USSB.